Several women say they wish they hadn’t tried weight-loss tea products that allegedly cost them their jobs.
Three women told a TV news station in Charlotte that they failed employer drug tests after consuming Total Life Change’s Iaso tea and subsequently testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short. That’s the chemical in marijuana that makes you feel “high.”
WSOC-TV asked an independent lab to test two samples of the tea for THC. Though the front packaging stated that it had 0.0%, the results revealed trace levels of THC that were “potentially” enough for a failed drug test. “It took me well over a month and a half to pass an at-home drug test,” one user told the outlet. (RELATED: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now)
The FDA says products containing “no more than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis are no longer controlled substances under federal law,” which means the tea is legal. But that doesn’t explain why the packaging said there was no THC, and WSOC-TV has since unearthed three class-action lawsuits.
Total Life Changes has reportedly updated its packaging on the raspberry lemonade tea, which comes in regular and instant versions, to state that it does “not recommend use if you are subject to drug testing.”
“We are aware of the allegations about one of our tea products. At TLC, we care deeply about our customers and are committed to their well-being,” the company told WSOC-TV. “We are in the process of learning more about the relevant facts, but are not in a position to report more fully at this time.”
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